Oh Nurse..  

ButteryDelight 58F
1961 posts
8/1/2006 12:15 pm

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Oh Nurse..

Most of you that read my blog know that on Tuesday and Thursdays I take care of an elderly couple named Rosie and Rolf. Since so many people have expressed appreciation for the articles I write about them, I will continue to do an article every Tuesday on this couple. They are great people and I feel fortunate to know them and to be the one to help care for them.

Today was a busy day at Rosie and Rolfs. They had doctors appointments to go to so, I fixed them breakfast and made sure they had taken their medication for the morning. Both take a lot of medications as they both have heart problems and high blood pressure. I especially have to watch Rolf as he often tries to “accidentally” drop a pill on the floor so he doesn’t have to take it. He usually does this with his diuretic. He says it makes him pee too much. I always roll my eyes and say that’s what it is supposed to do! Sure enough after I came back in the room to clean up the breakfast dishes I looked around Rolf’s chair and sure enough, there was a little white pill. It wasn’t the diuretic this time it was Digoxin, which regulates the workings of the left ventricle of the heart. Rolf HAS to have that pill where as sometimes I let him get away with not taking the diuretic. Sighing. I picked it up and a glass of water on my way to find him. Rolf was sitting in the front porch swing and we had a lively discussion on why he had to take this pill to avoid heart failure. He finally took it when I said that the next time he doesn’t want to take his diuretic he should just tell me. Then he won’t get the two little white pills mixed up.

Rolf was more cooperative this week then last but he still grumbled about having to take a shower just so some guy in a white coat could poke at him. He said he’d rather be the one doing the poking. Of course Rosie and I rolled out eyes and laughed at what he said. But the grumblings continued. Rolf didn’t want to wear his hearing aids cause he said they hurt his ear. We convinced him he needed them to hear what the doctor had to say to him. Rolf continued to grumble and complain while he dressed and also continued it in the car on the way to the doctor’s office. Rosie and I just ignored his complaints for the most part as he was at least doing what we asked him to do.

The first doctor’s visit was just to get another prescription as several of Rolf’s had expired. We still had to wait an hour in the waiting room for the nurse to get the prescriptions for us. The doctor has to write or prescribe the medication. Then the nurse has to enter it into the computer and call the health insurance company to get approval or authorization for the medication. Of course the doctor has to do this in-between seeing his patients but still it seemed like it too way to long of a wait just to get three prescriptions.

After that we went to the second doctor. This time Rolf was sent directly to the lab for a blood work up. Rolf takes Warfarin, which is used to prevent blood clots from forming. Warfarin also thins the blood, which allows the heart to not have to work so hard at pumping blood. Rose also takes Warfarin so she also had to have blood drawn. They use the blood drawn to test and see how thin the blood is. If the blood is too thin, the doctors will call Rosie or Rolf and ask them to reduce the dosage. If the blood is too thick, the doctors will call Rosie and Rolf and ask them to increase the dosage. They have to go once a week to have their blood tested.
While we were waiting our turn in the lab, Rolf kind of became a pain in the butt. I know he hates doctors and all the poking he has to go through but, if he would just have a more positive attitude about it, the whole thing would go much smoother. Rolf started off with greeting the nurse with “Oh nurse, you are such a cutie.” Now, these nurses know Rolf and have known him for many years. So, this greeting while not really the way one should greet a professional was not really taken much notice of. But, Rolf didn’t stop at just that greeting. He told the nurse he thought she looked very attractive today and didn’t she realize what seeing a woman like her did to his pulse rate? Rosie snapped out that maybe Rolf needed to have his pulse checked. The nurse was being a good sport about the whole thing and said she thought his pulse might indeed need to be checked. Of course when she checked it, it was normal. You would think that would have been enough to make Rolf stop his flirting with the nurse. Well, it didn’t faze him in the least. The next time she passed through the room, Rolf turned to Rosie and said loudly, she is what I meant when I said I wanted to do the poking. The nurse just pretended she didn’t hear Rolf’s comment while Rosie said I’ll poke you all right and proceeded to poke Rolf in the ribs with her elbow. Rolf rubbed his ribs and complained loudly of husband abuse.

Finally the nurse said the results are ready and we could go to the waiting room to wait for the doctor to come and talk to us. As we stood up to go, Rolf sighed and muttered, but poking her between her thighs would have been so enjoyable! He sounded just the way a little kid does when it is denied an ice-cream cone. The nurse laughed and said her husband would want to poke Rolf in the eye with his fist if he tried that.

When we got to the waiting room, Rosie was furious with Rolf and was muttering about how she just can’t take him anywhere any more. I was trying really, really hard not to laugh. As for Rolf he had this big grin on his face, as he no doubt fantasized about the nurse. Such was another day spent with Rosie and Rolf.

How do you feel about the long wait in the Doctors waiting rooms? Does it sometimes seem as if it is too long? Perhaps they scheduled too many patients? And what would you have said or done if you were Rosie?



MamChelle 48F  
1443 posts
8/1/2006 4:41 pm

I'd have laughed too. Maybe even been flirting with the nurse and comparing notes with Rolf...laughter is the best of medicines! i do feel the doctors over schedule and treat folks sometimes as if our time isn't as important as theirs...and leaves too many waiting too long for simple things that could be done by a P.A. or the RN. At least He amused himself and you garnered a great tale out of his admiring another tail...hehehe *hugs*


DizzyKittie81 35F

8/1/2006 7:24 pm

LOL i think i love Rolf and Rosie. they seem so cool! lol the wait is way way way to long sometimes at the Drs i agree


ButteryDelight 58F

8/1/2006 11:42 pm

    Quoting MamChelle:
    I'd have laughed too. Maybe even been flirting with the nurse and comparing notes with Rolf...laughter is the best of medicines! i do feel the doctors over schedule and treat folks sometimes as if our time isn't as important as theirs...and leaves too many waiting too long for simple things that could be done by a P.A. or the RN. At least He amused himself and you garnered a great tale out of his admiring another tail...hehehe *hugs*
lol..Yes, Rolf can be very amusing at times.
*hugs

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/1/2006 11:45 pm

    Quoting DizzyKittie81:
    LOL i think i love Rolf and Rosie. they seem so cool! lol the wait is way way way to long sometimes at the Drs i agree
Hey, thanks for Reading and commenting again.

Rolf and Rosie are very special friends to me.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

8/2/2006 8:29 am

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    I'm sure Rosie understands..I am very patient when it comes to waiting.
Yes, Mizhuny, Rosie understands Rolf's frustration. I will wait. I just don't enjoy it.

Buttery Delight


skp69innn 37M
4 posts
8/2/2006 12:07 pm

kudos to rosie


ButteryDelight 58F

8/2/2006 2:25 pm

hey, skp..thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting. I hope you will return.

Buttery Delight


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